King Zwelithini celebrates 70: Extravagant gifts the king received in his lifetime

King Zwelithini celebrates 70: Extravagant gifts the king received in his lifetime

- Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini turned 70 on the 14th of July and will be holding celebrations at two of his palaces

- The King is expecting his subjects to cough up the money for his celebrations

- During his reign, the king has been given some pretty awesome gifts by admirers, least of all expensive drinks

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King Zwelithini has expressed his wish for the celebrations of his 70th year to be lavish and paid for by his servants, as reported earlier by Briefly.co.za.

The birthday bash is expected to be a luxurious event - King Zwelithini knows how to live the good life.

Over the years the king has received many big and expensive gifts, and Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the more impressive gifts. Not all these gifts were birthday presents, some were described as tokens of thanks or appreciation.

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Businessman Ibrahim Yusuf gave the king a luxurious Lexus SUV as thanks for backing his circumcision device. The vehicle is worth close to R1 million, according to a report by The South African.

Jacob Mnisi, also a businessman, gave the Zulu king very expensive bottles of champagne and whisky on his 69th birthday last year. A "good" bottle of champagne or whiskey can easily cost thousands, so this gift was definitely a generous one considering it doesn't last very long.

Cows are often given as gifts or tokens of appreciation in South Africa and King Zwelithini has received his fair share as well.

Last year Julius Malema gave the king a bull and 4 pregnant cows for his birthday. President Cyril Ramaphosa gave the king Ankole cows as a gift after he was elected as the president of South Africa.

With so many expensive gifts, it must be difficult for those who will attend his birthday party to find the right present for the Zulu king.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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